[SATLUG] Video Cards

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Wed Jul 1 11:45:24 CDT 2009


Borries Demeler wrote:
>> ed wrote:
>>> Hm.  Nice article, but the author appeared to try to find any excuse to 
>>> push/save ATI.  Not a bad thing -- I used to be that way myself, until I 
>>> had my first experience with an nVidia card under Linux.  It was like 
>>> night and day, and I'm not talking 5 years ago -- I'm talking now, like 
>>> in the last year.  I'm more at home using nVidia installation and driver 
>>> packages in both legacy and current cards than I ever was with ATI, and 
>>> the output quality seems so much better to me.  I'm there...

>> I agree that nVidia does a better job right now, but there is one other issue to 
>> consider.  If there isn't a precompiled driver for your distro, you have to 
>> build your own.  For me, that's not a big issue, but it might be for others.
> 
> While nVIDIA does provide some precompiled drivers, on every kernel I ever ran
> I had to compile it myself. Ditto for ATI, so not much of a difference there 
> as far as I am concerned.

That's true, but its one reason why Linux still has a problem with general 
acceptance with non-techie computer users.  I think Ubuntu and maybe RedHat have 
created a work around if you stay with the standard install/update process, but 
in general its a problem.

   -- Bruce


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